Categories: General
      Date: May  9, 2019
     Title: National Week for Life and the Family

The week of May 12-19, 2019 is being observed as the seventh National Week for Life and the Family. The theme of this year’s Week is “Listening to the Gospel as a Family". In his Message for this National Week, Bishop Lionel Gendron, President of the Canadian conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) writes: "With my brother Bishops, it is my prayer that on the occasion of this year’s Week for Life and the Family, you and your family will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to encounter Jesus more fully by listening to the Gospel, and that you may joyfully live out this saving message by becoming witnesses of God, the Father’s loving presence in the world."



This National Week is part of an ongoing pastoral initiative on the part of the CCCB to promote family and life. As is stated in the document outlining the rationale and the components of this initiative,

Seen through Christian eyes, the family is "the domestic Church" (ecclesia domestica). The Christian family, like the Church as a whole, should be a place where the truth of the Gospel is the rule of life and the gift which the family members bring to the wider community. The family is not simply the object of the Church's pastoral care; it is also one of the Church's most effective agents of evangelization. Christian families are today called to witness to the Gospel in difficult times and circumstances, when the family itself is threatened by an array of forces.

The family is the leaven of transformation for a world desperately in need of the Good News. It is also the key to the New Evangelization. More than ever, Christian families need to be encouraged and sustained as they strive to live and proclaim the Gospel.

In his Message for the National Week for Life and the Family, the President of the CCCB, Lionel Gendron, Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil, says the following:

"With my brother Bishops, it is my prayer that on the occasion of this year’s Week for Life and the Family, you and your family will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to encounter Jesus more fully by listening to the Gospel, and that you may joyfully live out this saving message by becoming witnesses of God, the Father’s loving presence in the world."

 

Click here to read Bishop Gendron’s letter in its entirety.